Opposition threatens stir over alleged fake encounter

first_imgNagpur: Opposition parties in Chhattisgarh have threatened to go on protest if the government fails to order a probe into the alleged extrajudicial killing of two tribals by the police. The incident took place in the Maoist-infested Bastar region near Purungal-Dokapara on January 29. The spot is located near the Dantewada-Bijapur district border.The State police has claimed that two Maoists, identified as Bhima Kadati and Sukmati Hemla, were killed in the encounter and weapons including a rifle were recovered from them.The villagers approached tribal activist and AAP leader Soni Sori and other political parties for support, and have refused to bury the bodies. “Hemla was Kadati’s sister-in-law. They were returning after meeting Kadati’s brother Baman in Kirandul town on January 28 when they were picked up by the security forces. They were killed on January 29. The villagers told me that neither had Maoist connections. The condition of Hemla’s body suggests she may have been raped before being killed,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu.‘Police putting pressure’Ms. Sori alleged the police is trying to destroy evidence by burying the bodies. “The villagers have protected the bodies for over 20 days, but security forces are trying to compel villagers into burying them.” The Congress, led by Dantewada MLA Devati Karma, extended support to the villagers’ protest and appointed a team to probe the matter. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) has already begun protests over the issue. Mr. Jogi led a protest march to Chief Minister Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur on Saturday, accompanied by relatives of the deceased. They demanded a second post-mortem and a judicial probe. Mr. Jogi’s son and Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi has already threatened to perform the last rites in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Raipur if the police personnel responsible are not arrested. AAP leader Sanket Thakur said he is accompanying the victims’ relatives to Bilaspur to file a case in the high court. Mr.Jogi has also said he would move the HC over the issue.SP (Dantewada) Kamlochan Kashyap denied the allegations. “An encounter had happened on January 29 in which two Maoists were killed. Both were Maoists and a part of senior Maoist leader Ganesh Uike’s supply team. They had a number of cases registered against them in various police stations of Bastar. Post-mortems were conducted on both bodies, and they were buried on January 30. However, some elements asked the villagers to exhume them. We can’t do much about the politics being played over this incident,” he said.last_img read more

La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle avoided  back-to-back losses and dispatched Far Eastern University, 75-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers, after losing to Ateneo 76-75, bounced back and improved to 6-2 to stay at second place while the Tamaraws dropped to 4-4 and barely clung on to the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ ‘Ready’ Jett Manuel joins PBA Draft Rivero split from the line to make it 75-73 for La Salle but his second attempt did not hit the rim allowing FEU to get possession without the clock ticking away precious seconds.Despite his late-game blunders, Rivero still led the Green Archers in scoring with 20 points while Ben Mbala had an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double.Substitute Jolo Go played quality minutes for La Salle finishing with 14 points, going 4-of-5 from deep, as he hit timely shots that prevented the Tamaraws from taking the lead in the fourth quarter.La Salle had a 60-49 lead early in the 4th quarter when FEU slowly chipped at it to make it a two-point game, 67-65, before Go scored five straight points to put the Green Archers up 72-65 at the 3:23 mark.Ken Tuffin led FEU with 14 points while Barkley Eboña handled his own against Mbala underneath with eight points and 13 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Andrei Caracut stole Ron Dennison’s inbound pass that preserved the game for the Green Archers after Ricci Rivero committed a free throw violation that almost proved costly for the Green Archers.Rivero said they just had to stick to their team’s system of focusing first on defense instead of forcing their offense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The coaches just told us to just stuck to the system, because we get our offense through our defense,” said Rivero as La Salle scored 23 points off FEU’s 29 turnovers. “Everything I did on offense started from the team’s defense.”FEU scored five straight points in the last 2:28 to cut the deficit to just one, 74-73, with Prince Orizu jamming one home at the 2.2-second mark. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

T20 World Cup: West Indies knock out New Zealand in Super Over

first_imgA spirited West Indies kept alive their semi-final hopes after pulling off a sensational win over New Zealand via Super Over in their final Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 here today.Needing 18 to win in the Super Over, West Indies rode on Chris Gayle and Marlon’s Samuels pyrotechnics to finish the game with a ball to spare at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium which saw a tied game with both teams finishing on 139 in regulation time.While Gayle started the chase in the Super Over with a huge six over long-off off a no ball by Tim Southee, Sameuls completed the job with a maximum over deep mid-wicket.With three loses from as many games, New Zealand have crashed out of the tournament.The game went into the Super Over after New Zealand made heavy weather of a modest 140-run chase.Ross Taylor, who gave New Zealand hope with his aggressive batting in the Super Over, played a captain’s knock but his unbeaten 62 went in vain as chasing 140, New Zealand managed 139 for seven in their alloted 20 overs.Sunil Narine shone with the ball for West Indies with figures of three for 20 from his four overs, which included the penultimate over of the New Zealand innings in which the off-spinner conceded just three runs besides picking up a wicket.Earlier, pacers Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee came up with superb bowling efforts to help New Zealand bundle out West Indies for a lowly 139.New Zealand’s decision to field first produced the desired result as the Kiwi bowlers managed to frustrate the opposition batsmen throughout. Southee (3/21) and Bracewell (3/31) claimed three wickets each, while Nathan MuCullum took two for 19 to end Windies’ innings in 19.3 overs.advertisementlast_img read more

LeBron, Love Help Cavs Rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — So much for the Cavaliers being rusty.LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and Cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.Kevin Love added a playoff career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first NBA title.“It was our two bigs that set the tone — Kev and Double-T (Tristan Thompson), they were phenomenal,” James said. “I saw it in Kev this morning. I knew what type of game he was going to have. So he came through for us.”But there’s no denying it has started with James, who has scored at least 35 points in five straight games.Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said James’ efficiency continued to make things easier for everyone on both ends.“He’s playing at a high level. And that’s the reason why we’re riding him so much,” Lue said. “When LeBron’s playing at that level other guys just have to be solid and we have a good chance to win.”Game 2 is Friday night in Boston.Coming off a 10-day break, James and Cavaliers raced to an early lead were never threatened.“You can’t dig yourself in a big hole like that against them,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.James scored at will in the first half and the Cavs built a 26-point lead. Love opened up the floor for James, burying outside jumpers and forcing Boston to leave defenders one-on-one with James.Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 21 points each. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points. Coming off a Game 7 victory over Washington on Monday night, Boston missed 11 of its first 14 shots.“They were the better team tonight. The hit us first. They were more physical,” Thomas said. “We can’t let that happen again.”Love averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then broke out against a Boston team that knocked him out of the 2015 playoffs when he became tangled with Kelly Olynyk and dislocated his shoulder.The shoulder was working just fine Wednesday, and he scored in the paint and from the outside.“We wanted to come in and set the tone and dictate the game. We felt like we did a good job doing that,” Love said. “It wasn’t just me. Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well.”Things got a little testy in the third quarter when Boston’s Marcus Smart and Cleveland’s Thompson got nose-to-nose and had to be separated by referees. Some jawing continued briefly before James stepped in to pull Thompson away.Smart and Thompson were called for a double foul on the play, but got tangled again a few minutes later. This time, Smart fell to the floor during that exchange, drawing a foul on Thompson.The Celtics found some energy after the incident, closing the third quarter on an 11-3 run to pull to 92-75.It didn’t last long, though, as the Cavs quickly got the lead back up to 20.James picked apart every defender that the Celtics threw at him in the first half.He backed down defenders to set up 15-foot fade away jumpers. Other times, he simply took defenders off the dribble or sliced through double-teams on the way to layups.Boston also seemed content to make every switch created by Cleveland screens, leading to some awkward matchups for James in the first half.The Celtics couldn’t get anything working when they had the ball, held to just 35 percent from the field in the first half and 2 for 16 from beyond the arc.Since Game 5 of NBA finals, Cleveland has won a franchise-record 12 straight playoff games.KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Job Creation, Inclusive Growth High on UNWTO Conference Agenda

first_imgStory Highlights Job creation and inclusive growth are high on the agenda of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference, being held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. The Minister contended, however, that it is imperative that the formula for inclusive growth be further improved to “enable the development of human capital so that more of the creativity of the Jamaican people is reflected in the output of tourism and the development of the experiences that visitors pay for”. Job creation and inclusive growth are high on the agenda of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference, being held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, told JIS News that this focus is of particular importance to countries like Jamaica, which depend highly on the hospitality industry.“We currently have 106,000 jobs directly from tourism and an indirect amount of nearly 300,000, which means one in five of the workers in Jamaica is (involved in) tourism directly or indirectly,” he noted.The Minister contended, however, that it is imperative that the formula for inclusive growth be further improved to “enable the development of human capital so that more of the creativity of the Jamaican people is reflected in the output of tourism and the development of the experiences that visitors pay for”.Mr. Bartlett said the conference will also facilitate discussions on how tourism can be more impactful in the economies of countries that are recipients of visitors from across the world.“The fact is tourism has become the fastest growing economic activity globally. It currently employs 293 million people and represents 10 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). That indicates that one in 10 workers of the world is employed in tourism directly or indirectly,” the Minister outlined.He added that the sector generates US$7.6 trillion globally, pointing out that in 2016, some 1.2 billion people travelled to different parts of the world and spent US$1.3 trillion in pursuit of diverse experiences.Mr. Bartlett further cited that some 79 countries currently have a tourism dependence ratio of 10 per cent and more, adding that of these, the top 13 globally are in the Caribbean.“So a conference in the frame of how do we sustain economic growth, create jobs and have inclusion is vital. We are bringing the universities together for ideas. We will (also) bring the policymakers, the UNWTO and all of those who can (formulate) policies that determine the framework within which these things can happen. Then we will bring the non-governmental organizations, which are a key part of civil society and enabling community development and activity.“So it is the perfect mix and out of all of these discussions will come a framework that will help to guide the future development of tourism in the world,” he further stated.The conference is intended to foster a forum for governments, investors, donors and multinational organisations to exchange ideas on development and investment opportunities; share proven best practices for developing public-private partnerships (PPP) in tourism; and work with governments to prepare innovative tourism PPP investment opportunities that prioritise sustainability, economic inclusion and poverty alleviation.Additionally, it will facilitate discussions on social inclusiveness, employment and poverty-reduction strategies that have been successfully initiated by various entities.The event, which will be attended by some 157 tourism ministers and Government officials from across the world, will see participants engaging in plenary sessions and workshops on a range of industry-relevant topics. These include development assistance and investment partnership opportunities.The conference is being jointly hosted by the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank.Stakeholder partners include the Caribbean Tourism Organization; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; private international development company, Chemonics International; and George Washington University in the United States. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, told JIS News that this focus is of particular importance to countries like Jamaica, which depend highly on the hospitality industry.last_img read more

Lanka announces charges over 2012 prison massacre

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s chief prosecutor on Friday announced charges against a top prison officer and an elite commando for the killing of 27 inmates in a notorious rights case. Attorney General Dappula de Livera said he wanted a special fast track trial for Prisons Commissioner Emil Lamahewage and police commando Moses Rangajeewa over the execution-style killings in November 2012. A third suspect who was a member of a prison intelligence unit was on the run, Dappula de Livera said. Commandos were used to put down a riot at the Welika jail in Colombo and disarm inmates who had taken weapons from the armoury. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonAccording to Dappula de Livera’s account, eight prisoners were called out by name and killed execution-style. Weapons were later introduced to make it look like the victims had tried to fire at jail guards, according to court documents made available to AFP. The documents did not mention any command responsibility for the deaths. Media reports have said the killings were ordered by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.last_img read more

Accused Edmonton attacker to enter plea at next court date in March

first_imgEDMONTON – A man accused of attempted murder in a knife attack on an Edmonton police officer will enter a plea at his next court date in mid-March.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, was in provincial court to face 11 charges related to a Sept. 30 attack on a police officer outside a football game. Some of the charges also stem from a speeding cube van that hit and injured four pedestrians in downtown Edmonton hours after the police officer was attacked.Court heard an assessment on whether Sharif could be found not criminally responsible was still not complete.Chief Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich told Judge Donna Rae Valgardson that some next steps should occur in the case.“The initial mental health assessment was ordered on Nov. 14,” she said in court. “There’s been a second order that occurred in January.”Bykewich said she spoke to the doctor conducting the assessment and he has indicated he needed more time, partly because of a lack of resources and partly due to the need to arrange an interpreter for another interview with Sharif.Defence lawyer Karanpal Aujla said the case is proceeding slowly, but said they need all the information before his client enters a plea.“It is important to determine as to what our next steps would be,” Aujla said outside court. “For us to do that, the NCR (not criminally responsible) assessment is an important piece as that would definitely impact on how we would proceed with the matter.”To be not criminally responsible, the assessment has to determine the person had a mental disorder that made it impossible for them to understand the nature and quality of what they did, or understand what they did was morally wrong.The case has been put over to March 14 after the judge agreed that it would be beneficial to have the assessment in hand.“On the next occasion, there should be an election and plea,” said Valgardson.last_img read more

Entire election schedule made to benefit Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: As campaigning for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Friday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the Election Commission of being “biased” and said that it has a different set of rules for the Prime Minister and for the opposition leaders.”It does not look good to say this but the role of the Election Commission has been biased,” he said, adding that it has different rules for Modiji and different rules for us. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Partiality is clearly visible,” he said. “Even the entire election schedule has been made to benefit Modi, but the people of the country understand it,” he said, adding that the Congress believes in the Election Commission as an institution. Gandhi also said, “Modi and BJP have lots of money. They have unlimited money but we have truth on our side and truth will win.” Turning the tables on PM Modi, Rahul said he lost the huge opportunity that he had got in 2014. “He (Modi) forgot that people had not made him the PM to make big speeches, but to put India on the path of development.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenGandhi hit out at the BJP and PM Modi for showing the door to senior leaders of the party and said that his party respects the seniors and will make use of their experience. “Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and our other senior leaders have much more experience. And we will use their experience,” Gandhi said. To a question that Modi was using personal attacks against him, he said: “If Modiji wants to talk bad about my family then it is up to him. But I would not speak anything bad for his family or him and instead, I shall return love to him.” The Congress leader also refused to comment on how many seats the party will win. He said: “I have said it many times people of the country will decide. And on the basis of the people’s decision, everything will be decided. So I would not speak on people’s decision before May 23.” The Congress chief took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking any questions at his first press conference since taking office five years ago. “Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done!” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.last_img read more

Venezuela Last Dictatorship in Latin America Moroccan Ambassador

New York – “Venezuela, which is the last dictatorship in Latin America, has no legitimacy to attack Morocco and the recovery of its Sahara,” Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said during the 4th Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations.This came following a statement of Venezuela’s ambassador, who described the Sahara as “the last colony in Africa.”Morocco “recovered its Sahara which was under Spanish occupation, while Venezuela claims half of Guyana’s territory under the pretext of territorial integrity,” he pointed out, adding that “Venezuela will become the first colonizer of the 21st century.” “Saharawi population in Laayoune, Dakhla and Smara live in freedom, without fear or violation of their rights. This is not the case in the last dictatorship in Latin America. Venezuelan political leaders are kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured and innocent demonstrators are killed on the streets of Caracas,” he went on.According to US media, “citizens’ quality of life in the Sahara is a thousand times better than that of citizens in the last dictatorship in Latin America,” he noted.Some 28 heads of State sent a motion to the Chairman of the African Union for the immediate suspension of the so-called “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic,” Hilale said, noting that several countries withdrew their recognition of the so-called SADR. This was the case for Zambia and Jamaica, who withdrew their recognition of “SARD” recently, he said.Soon there will be no country to recognize this ghostly republic, the ambassador added. read more

Lance Armstrong to Admit Drug Use to Oprah

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday.The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas.Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs, but likely will not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The report led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.Armstrong representatives, including his attorney Tim Herman, declined comment. The New York Times first reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.Armstrong, 41, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the USADA report that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.Winfrey’s network announced Tuesday that Armstrong agreed to a “no holds barred” interview with her.A confession to Winfrey would come at a time when some of Armstrong’s legal troubles appear to be clearing up.Any potential perjury charges stemming from his sworn testimony denying doping in a 2005 arbitration fight with a Dallas promotions company over a contract bonus worth $7.5 million have passed the statute of limitations.Armstrong faces a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis accusing him of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service, but the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to announce whether it will join the case. The British newspaper The Sunday Times is suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit.Armstrong lost most of his personal sponsorship — worth tens of millions of dollars — after USADA issued its report, and he left the board of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997. He is said to still be worth an estimated $100 million.Livestrong might be one reason to issue an apology or make a confession. The charity supports cancer patients and faces an image problem because of its association with its famous founder.The New York Times reported Armstrong might make a confession in an attempt to return to competition in elite triathlon or running events, but World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping officials could agree to reduce the ban further depending on what new information Armstrong provides and his level of cooperation.Armstrong met with USADA officials recently to explore a “pathway to redemption,” according to a report by “60 Minutes Sports” aired Wednesday on Showtime. read more

What Happened To All Those Absurd NBA Stat Lines

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 4, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss Isaiah Thomas’s debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers after recovering from a hip injury he sustained last season. Next, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is putting up ridiculous numbers this season — but he’s one of the only ones. After a 2016-17 season that saw blowout wins and notable individual performances, this season is off to a much less explosive start. What happened to those absurd stat lines? We investigate. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Andre Drummond.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Deadspin’s Lauren Theisen noted that it seems DeMar DeRozan can shoot threes now.Last year, Neil took a look at the league’s crazy stat lines. read more

58 years after dying Albert Einstein is still discovering planets sort of

first_imgUpdated, 19:20THE DISCOVERY OF a new planet around 2,000 light years from Earth – and twice the size of the largest planet in our own solar system – has been attributed to a phenomenon first found by Albert Einstein.The new planet was found by applying a principle first laid down by the German-born physicist, when he first put forward a theory that objects will actually appear brighter than they actually are, through a phenomenon called ‘relativistic beaming’.The idea, as TIME magazine explains, is that the travel of light and the passage of time in space will force the light into a slightly narrower beam than it would otherwise travel.This means that the brightness of a planet in the distance will change ever-so-slightly as it rotates in orbit around its star, getting brighter as it moves around its star and approaches Earth, and then getting darker as it moves farther away again.Man-made satellites can monitor the light in the distance and calculate their location based on the change in the brightness – and conclude, as a result, that the distant objects must be planets.The use of relativistic beaming – also known as ‘Doppler beaming’ – to determine the location of planets was first proposed a decade ago, but even the astronomer who helped to identify the latest planet did not believe the technique could work.“I thought the effect was so small we’d never detect it,” David Latham said. “I thought it was silly.”Read: NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft is broken – but they’re determined to fix itlast_img read more

Further tax hikes for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A second wave of price hikes for products and services is coming with the abolition of the 30 percent discount on value-added tax rates on certain Aegean islands on October 1, as well as the VAT increase from 6.5 percent to 13 percent on tourist accommodation.According to a Finance Ministry official, a ministerial decision will be issued in the next few days instructing enterprises on those islands to revert to the country’s 6 percent, 13 percent and 23 percent VAT rates from the current 5, 9 and 16 percent by October 1.The law provides for the abolition of the discount for Aegean islands with a lot of tourism development and a high per capita income from October, while the rest are set to follow on June 1, 2016. The remotest islands will continue to enjoy a discount.The most likely scenario provides for an immediate end to the discount for the Cyclades and the Sporades groups of islands, including Myconos, Paros, Santorini and Skopelos. The second scenario introduces income criteria that will determine which islands will be excluded from the waiving of the discount.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Accidents de la vie courante lancement dune campagne de prévention

first_imgAccidents de la vie courante : lancement d’une campagne de préventionFrance – La compagnie d’assurances AXA se mobilise pour sensibiliser la population française au danger que représentent les accidents domestiques.AXA va travailler sur trois fronts pour une action de prévention de grande envergure : spots publicitaires à la télévision, ateliers pratiques dans ving-cinq centres commerciaux du 4 septembre au 20 novembre (mise en situation, secourisme…) et articles interactifs sur le site de la compagnie. À lire aussiHépatite C : de nouvelles pistes pour le développement d’un vaccin préventif Cette campagne est nécessaire. Un sondage réalisé par l’Institut français d’opinion publique (Ifop) pour la compagnie met en évidence les lacunes des Français en la matière. Très peu d’entre eux sont véritablement conscients des dangers liés aux accidents de la vie courante et rares sont ceux qui prennent des mesures pour les éviter. Pourtant, il faut sécuriser son environnement et surveiller étroitement les enfants : 20.000 personnes décèdent chaque année suite à un accident de la vie privée (chute, suffocation, intoxication, noyade…). Pour AXA, l’opération est excellente en termes d’image mais aussi d’un point de vue commercial. La compagnie vend en effet des assurances destinées à couvrir les risques d’accidents domestiques.   Le 6 septembre 2010 à 11:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Egypte lUnesco renforce la surveillance des sites archéologiques

first_imgEgypte : l’Unesco renforce la surveillance des sites archéologiquesPlusieurs sites archéologiques ont été pillés lors de la révolte égyptienne. Afin d’améliorer leur surveillance, l’Unesco entend demander aux autorités du pays de renforcer le gardiennage des sites.”L’Unesco va faire une demande officielle au gouvernement égyptien pour qu’il renforce le gardiennage des sites par des gens armés”, a en effet déclaré Christian Manhart, chef de la section musées et objets culturels de l’agence de l’Onu pour la science. Cité par le Point, il a passé plusieurs jours sur le terrain avec des experts de l’Icom, le Conseil international des musées. Toutefois Christian Manhart se veut rassurant et affirme que les vols sont moins importants que ne le laisse croire la presse. “La situation du patrimoine égyptien n’est pas aussi dramatique que ce que les médias ont pu dire”, assure-t-il en effet, estimant que les vols n’ont pas été menés par “des bandes organisées”, mais plutôt par des personnes agissant “en dilettantes”.Alors que 54 objets ont été volés au Musée du Caire lors du soulèvement populaire, 37 sont toujours manquants. Sur le site de Saqqarah, nécropole de la région de Memphis, “des objets mineurs ont été dérobés dans des réserves de missions archéologiques”, tandis que des villageois ont érigé un cimetière sur la zone archéologique, a indiqué Christian Manhart. Quant au site de Guizeh, sa plus grande réserve a été épargnée, mais “plusieurs réserves ont été pillées et les autorités peinent à dire ce qui manque”. A Louxor enfin, la situation est aussi inquiétante. Une bande armée a en effet pillé des réserves, et “cela semble assez sérieux” selon Christian Manhart.Le 2 avril 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

How a VR board game helps its maker deal with phobia

first_imgWe’ve all had those nagging fears that scratch at the mind in just the right way to start impacting our life. I’m terribly afraid of not finishing every pint of ice cream I see, for instance. Some, however, face fears that permeate their personal and professional lives in devastating ways.Former EA developer Theresa Duringer has just that problem. She’s terribly afraid of flying. For most, that’s not such a big deal, but now that she’s running two game development studios of her own — one for virtual reality games and the other for more traditional indie titles — she has to fly quite a bit.While working on Bazaar (her last VR game) she noticed that she was able to cope with flights a bit better. “I had a huge reduction in stress,” Duringer says. “To the point where my usually sweaty hands were dry after an hour in VR. My heart was calm. I think just visually and auditorily being in a different place altogether really helped me forget I was on a flight.” For someone who “[breaks] out in hives” and “can’t sleep for weeks before a flight,” that’s pretty special.After that trip, Duringer wanted to take the idea of using VR for therapy a bit further. “I wanted something that would constantly tax my attention so I didn’t have a chance to freak out or think about my seat flying 30,000 feet in the air,” she says.Shortly before she’d met with the makers of the popular deck-building game Ascension at GenCon in Indiana. She won some tournaments at the convention and earned an invitation to the game’s world championship. Duringer thought the game would be the perfect fit, requiring care, attention, and deep strategy. Plus, she says, board games are already made to be extremely replayable, because many of them cost so much to develop, produce, and distribute.With Ascension, she says, she had the perfect mix. She reached out to Stone Blade, hoping for permission to license the game while she had her team get started on modifying their VR engine to accommodate tabletop games. Stone Blade wasn’t interested at first, but after CEO Justin Gary played Bazaar at SXSW and saw people’s reactions to VR tech, he made the decision to go ahead with the port.The result is remarkable. Ascension VR works by honing in on what makes tabletop games special — their social element — and tailoring the VR experience around that, instead of just moving their game into the virtual world.As anyone part of the tabletop revolution of the past few years can tell you, shooting the shit with friends over a drink or two, seeing their reaction when you pull a ridiculous play, and building a sense of community as you play together is essential. And while Ascension and many other tabletop games have mobile and even video game console ports, they all fail to capture that feeling of presence. Duringer wanted chat and camaraderie to be a focal point, however.Games care organized into lobbies of up to four players, and everyone can see each other’s digital avatars. As each of you speak, the game uses voice recognition software and lip-syncing to match your avatar’s virtual expressions to your real-world ones. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s surprisingly effective — especially given that the game can run on anything from the Gear VR to more robust head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift.All of this works over the internet, too, helping bring people together in a pseudo-physical space in the virtual world. That alone is noteworthy, particular for extroverts like myself who eschew digital interaction. This may well be the first step in helping far-flung friends stay connected regardless of distance.But all that started with the idea of making a game that could help Duringer overcome her fear of flying… and unfortunately, while it’s helped, it hasn’t been all that successful. In a phone call, she says, “I’m still terrified… I wasn’t always like this, I think it was a string of bad flights in my 20s that started it, but now it’s awful.” Duringer’s last flight was just a few days ago, and while Ascension helped, it’s clear that it’s grown beyond its inspiration, and that’s okay.For VR to succeed we’re going to need a lot more games like Ascension. VR is a new field, fraught with a lot of design problems and hampered by developers that aren’t designing with the medium, but Ascension VR knows what it needs to be. It had to offer something above and beyond just a card game “but in virtual reality,” and to Duringer and the team at Temple Gates’ credit, that’s exactly what they’ve made.last_img read more

Rugby players training for beach tournament next weekend

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp International Rugby Action this weekend – Bahamas vs TCI Bahamas takes out TCI in Rugby on the weekend Recommended for youcenter_img Related Items:bcw wahoos, beach tournament, meridian field, rugby, seven stars tag league Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – Turks and Caicos Rugby Federation players are in training mode as they prepare for their Beach Rugby Tournament on November 7. Tonight at the Meridian Field, there is training for the u19s and from 6:30-8:30pm fans can enjoy tag rugby. Next time we will have a recap of the Seven Stars Tag League, where the top four teams were: BCB Wahoos and the Meridian Marauders with 13pts each and the BCQS Jolly Ranchers andRed Mist, each with 9pts after last week’s action. last_img read more

Saddled with Debts 944 Media Launches in Another Market

first_imgDebts Piling UpLast week, 944 said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing a pair of “burdensome” lawsuits. One suit involves the buyout of a former 944 partner/investor. The other regards the terms of a partnership surrounding 944’s 2008 “944 Super Village” Super Bowl event, alleging unfair business practices as well as racism on the part of 944.According to the documents 944 filed with the U.S. bankruptcy court in California, the company is facing expenses beyond the pair of lawsuits. They say 944 carries between $1 million and $10 million in assets but between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities.It appears 944 Media owes millions of dollars to its printer (Creel Printing & Publishing, $2.45 million) and to event partners, as well as rent, utilities and legal fees. The 20 creditors named in the documents are owed nearly $3.7 million collectively. The documents say 944 has between 200 and 999 creditors in total.A 944 spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. Less than a week after announcing it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, fashion and lifestyle publisher 944 Media says 944 magazine has launched in its tenth market: Dallas, Texas.The first issue in Dallas hit newsstands April 1, carrying a monthly circulation of 20,000. According to 944 CEO Marc Lotenberg, the Dallas edition “will afford the invaluable opportunity to explore new avenues, fresh partnerships and creative visions for our brand.”Most recently, 944 launched editions in Atlanta and Detroit.last_img read more

Wood River towers where sockeye salmon are counted

first_imgCommercial salmon fishing in Alaska is closely regulated, with the Department of Fish and Game opening and closing fisheries based on calculations of the fish population. But where do they get the information to make those calls?Listen nowIsaac Reynolds is one of the three-person team operating the Wood River towers. He’s on the evening shift, but he volunteered to show me what he and his coworkers do once per hour, all day, every day – counting sockeye salmon as they make their way up to Lake Aleknagik.“It’s actually pretty visible,” Reynolds said. “The only times that we ever have any trouble seeing them is if it’s really nasty out, and the wind’s just driving the water into a frenzy, but other than that. We also count the ones that go downstream, too, as a negative number.”Reynolds, along with his teammates Monette Schwoerer and Alex Perrio, have been operating this tower during this year’s run. Each of them take an eight-hour shift, to keep the count running 24 hours. Only Sockeye are counted at Wood River, so you have to have a sharp eye to pick them out among the other fish in the river.“So that one right there, with a silver belly? That’s a pink salmon,” Reynolds said. “We don’t count those, but it’s good to know that it’s a pink salmon ‘cause then you don’t count it as a red.” “I can tell there’s a difference but it kinda took a second of me looking. You’re just familiar enough with it that you can just pick them right out and not count them?” “Yeah, and I mean if you look down there there’s two more right there that are also pink salmon. Generally they’re smaller, they have a different tail shape, they have a different distinctive color in the water.”The tower itself is bare scaffolding, with enough room to seat two on top. There’s one on each side of the river, and this one is about thirty feet tall, secured to the ground with ratcheted tie-down straps. The towers are simple, rugged, and could almost be mistaken for the ones used when the count started in 1956, were it not for a small solar assembly on the side that powers the night counting spotlights. There’s no ladder or stairs; to get up or down, you climb the outside of the tower – very carefully in my case.“When I first got on top of that tower, I was like ‘oh boy’ “you know the sitting and standing doesn’t bother me so much, it’s the really the climbing that’s a little more hair-raising for me,” Reynolds said. “I mean it’s just, the tower’s shaky…”The count is reported, from here and seven other towers in Bristol Bay, to Fish and Game along with survey data – sizes and sexes of fish that are recorded a few times a day. From there, the department makes its decisions on which areas to open or closed, based on escapement – a target number of fish that make it up the river to spawn. Reynolds said that he knows it’s painful for the fleet to be shut out of fisheries, but it’s important to preserve the future of the resource.“I mean it’s not fun for everybody when we don’t get enough fish going up the river and we have to close off districts, but the truth is is if we didn’t do that, the entire surrounding region would be at so much of a greater disadvantage,” Reynolds said. “With the technology that we have for fishing nowadays, if we didn’t do something like this, this entire area would be fished out within four years. Absolutely it would be fished out within four years. And you’d still get a small run, but it wouldn’t be enough to support an industry, it wouldn’t be enough to support the ecosystem that you can find here today.”Counting towers are expensive to operate, and state budget cuts have started to threaten their operation. As government faces lean times, private groups, from processors to native associations, have stepped in to keep them staffed and counting fish for the length of the run. These partnerships may become more and more necessary to keep the towers counting as they have for the past 60 years.last_img read more

Proposal would have either Walker or Begich drop out of race

first_imgSen. Hollis French speaks to reporters during a February 2014 press conference. French recently proposed a pact that would have required either Gov. Bill Walker or former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to drop out of the race for governor. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)An idea by a prominent Alaska Democrat likely would have shaken up the state’s gubernatorial race.Listen nowHollis French’s proposal, which was first reported by Anchorage Daily News columnist Charles Wohlforth, suggested either Gov. Bill Walker or former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich drop out of the race.“I think there’s a lot of what I would call anxiety in the center and the left of the political spectrum in Alaska,” French said.French wants Walker and Begich to agree that one of the two candidates could drop out to eliminate that anxiety.Begich supports the idea, but Walker rejected it.Four years ago, independent candidate Walker joined forces with Democrat Byron Mallott, shrinking a three-way race down to two major candidates.Mallott’s running mate French dropped out to allow that to happen.Walker then defeated incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.French’s proposal suggests a measurement of which candidate is strongest would decide which candidate should drop out.The candidates could decide how to do that, French said.French suggested that if three different polls find that one candidate is polling worse than the other, the lower-polling candidate would commit to dropping out.“I got a yes from Mark Begich and I guess I would characterize it as a no from the Walker campaign,” French said.Under French’s proposal, both candidates would stay in the race if the polling was mixed.French supports Begich, but said he would vote for Walker if the race came down to the incumbent governor and either of the leading Republican candidates, Mike Dunleavy and Mead Treadwell.Begich said it took a couple of days to think about the idea.“I don’t want people to get the misunderstanding that I don’t believe I can win,” Begich said. “I believe I’m going to be in a three-way race, I have a great shot of winning it straight out. But I was happy for the greater good to consider the idea that he laid on the table.”Begich hoped Walker would agree to the proposal.“I was hoping that he would consider it, but it’s a determination that he needs to make, just as he decided not to run in the Democratic primary after committing to it,” Begich said. “He decided to switch and create the three-way race, which I think is what’s caused a lot of the dilemma here.”Begich decided to run after concluding he could win either a two-way or a three-way race. He also said he was concerned about Walker’s ability to win a two-way race.The AFL-CIO commissioned a poll in late June that found Dunleavy would win a three-way race, with Walker and Begich tied for second, but both Walker and Begich were ahead of Dunleavy in a two-way race.Walker campaign manager John-Henry Heckendorn said the governor will convince Alaskans that he’s made necessary decisions.“First I want to be absolutely clear, Mark Begich knew that if he got into the race, Bill Walker was going to run against him in the general, not in the Democratic primary,” Heckendorn said. “Walker was interested in the race for who had the strongest vision for Alaska’s future, not a competition for who was the best Democrat between him and Mark Begich. And Mark Begich knew that.”Heckendorn said Walker wasn’t the candidate who created the three-way race.“The governor filed in August of last year,” Heckendorn said. “Mark Begich filed a half-hour before the filing deadline. He absolutely had control over whether or not to put Alaskans in that position.”The deadline for candidates to remove their names from the general election ballot is Sept. 4.last_img read more